Your best efforts to cheerfully live on less can be quickly derailed if you think about what you can’t do on your current budget.
I can’t send my kids to that camp.
I can’t go on a tropical vacation.
I can’t get takeout.
I can’t remodel my bathroom.
I can’t get a gym membership.
I can’t buy new clothes.
I can’t get a new car.
Those things may all be true, but that’s not a very productive train of thought.
Just because something is true, you are not obligated to dwell on it.
And dwelling on that kind of thing most definitely doesn’t change anything!
(except for possibly changing your misery level from bad to terrible.)
So, try replacing, “I can’t” thoughts with “I can” thoughts.
I can get out of debt/stay out of debt.
I can be free from the fear of looming bills.
I can repaint my bathroom without remodeling it.
I can feed myself well by making healthy meals at home.
I can set aside a little money each month for a future vacation.
I can work out at home.
I can shop ThredUp, thrift stores or clearance racks.
Not only do “I can” thoughts help you feel more cheerful, they have the ability to actually help you change something.
Which makes them the exact opposite of “I can’t” statements, both in their wording and in their effect.
So. Swap ’em out, friends!